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Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00

Lawsuit postpones Cook County 'puppy mill' ban

Publication/Event date: 2014-09-13
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/ct-puppy-mill-ban-fight-met-20140911-story.html
Summary:
A federal judge ordered a delay Thursday in Cook County's new law targeting so-called puppy mills that is being challenged in federal court and suburban town halls.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-16
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/orland-park-homer-glen/ct-orland-puppy-mills-tl-ssw-0918-20140917-story.html
Summary:
An Orland Park ordinance replacing a ban on the sale of pets from large commercial breeders with a pet shop licensing program and stronger disclosure requirements has won the acceptance of both animal activists and the village's sole pet store owner.

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San Diego, CA, September 15, 2014 - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), the City of San Diego, and others, and invited an application for attorneys’ fees and costs.

San Diego Puppy, Inc. brought the lawsuit after CAPS initiated and drafted proposed legislation and then worked closely with the San Diego City Council and other animal nonprofits to pass an ordinance. This ordinance bans the retail sale of pet shop puppies, kittens and rabbits. In 2013, plaintiffs San Diego Puppy pet shop, and its owners David and Veronica Salinas, brought suit in retaliation for CAPS’ efforts to ban the retail sale of companion animals and raise awareness concerning the cruel and inhumane puppy and kitten mills that supply retail pet stores.
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Friday, 12 September 2014 10:04

Unleash Puppy Mill Law?

Publication/Event date: 2014-09-11
Publication name: Journal Online
URL for more info: http://www.journal-topics.com/business/article_6d11b33c-39ef-11e4-b130-0017a43b2370.html
Summary:
The owner of an Arlington Hts. pet shop has joined a lawsuit seeking to toss out a new Cook County law that bans the sale of pets originating from puppy mills.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-11
Publication name: Daily Herald
URL for more info: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140911/news/140919525/
Summary:
A federal judge issued an order Thursday preventing Cook County from enforcing its new puppy mill ban while a lawsuit filed this week by three suburban pet store owners works its way through the court system.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-09
Publication name: Daily Herald
URL for more info: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140909/news/140908394/
Summary:
A group of suburban pet stores, including a Petland in Hoffman Estates and Happiness is Pets in Arlington Heights, filed a federal lawsuit this week challenging a Cook County ordinance banning the sale of pets from puppy mills starting Oct. 1.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-09
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/ct-puppy-mill-law-arlington-heights-tl-20140909-story.html
Summary:
An Arlington Heights pet store owner won a temporary reprieve Monday from Cook County's so-called puppy mill law, which was challenged this week in a federal lawsuit.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-09-05
Publication name: Cindy Lu’s Muse
URL for more info: http://cindylusmuse.com/2014/09/naperville-due-diligence-needed-issue-retail-pet-sales/
Summary:
On Tuesday night, Naperville city council heard commentary on potential regulation of retail pet sales from 21 speakers over the course of 2 hours, interspersed with pointed questions by board members. Previously, the board requested city staff research the issue and provide recommendations. While having received a good deal of information, the board decided additional due diligence was required prior to making any decisions.

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CAPS would like to thank CAPS Illinois Director Ida McCarthy and CAPS Chicago Outreach Coordinator Dianne Dorado Arp for all their hard work on behalf puppy mill dogs. Without them, the proposed ban on the sale of commercially bred pets in Orland Park, IL wouldn't have been possible.

Publication/Event date: 2014-08-19
Publication name: Chicago Tribune
URL for more info: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/orland-park-homer-glen/ct-orland-puppy-mill-ban-tl-ssw-0821-20140819-story.html
Summary:
A committee of Orland Park trustees Monday endorsed replacing a ban on the sale of commercially bred pets passed in Cook County earlier this year with a local ordinance focusing on disclosure requirements.

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Publication/Event date: 2014-08-04
Publication name: truthAtlas
URL for more info: http://truthatlas.com/models-against-puppy-mills-putting-a-pretty-face-on-a-difficult-scene/
Summary:
For over 20 years, Deborah Howard, founder of CAPS, and her team of investigators have been going undercover, under the guise of employees, in an effort to disclose inhumane and squalid puppy mills and the most egregious offenders of the Animal Cruelty Act. She, along with her team, have witnessed such horrible conditions, including emaciated and mentally anguished dogs, that the scenes haunt them for years.

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If you purchased a sick or dying puppy from Barkworks or Happiness is Pets, you may be able to join consumer class action lawsuits. The first step is to fill out the CAPS complaint form.

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